Award winning writer Jess Walter featured in Southeastern's ‘Common Read’ program

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 Jess Walter
by: Rene Abadie

     HAMMOND – Jess Walter, author of the award-winning collection of stories, “We Live in Water,” and seven other books, will visit Southeastern Louisiana University Oct. 19 as part of the institution’s fall Common Read program.
    Sponsored by the Department of English and the Southeastern Writing Center, Common Read provides students and community members the opportunity to read selected works and then meet a contemporary author.
    Events that day include student presentations on the author’s work at 9:30 a.m., an 11 a.m. question and answer session with the author, and a 6:30 p.m. public reading by Walker followed by a book signing and reception. All events are open to the public and will be held in the Student Union Theatre.
    “We Live in Water” is Walter’s 2013 collection of stories, which won the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award. His other works include, “Citizen Vince,” winner of the 2005 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel, “Beautiful Ruins,” a No. 1 New York Times bestseller in 2012, and “The Financial Lives of Poets,” Time Magazine’s No. 2 novel of 2009. He has been published in numerous publications, including “Harper’s,” “Esquire” and “ESPN the Magazine.”
    “For several years now, we’ve sponsored a Common Read program, featuring a prominent, contemporary author, and it always serves as an exciting experience for our students,” said Department of English Head David Hanson. “By meeting and talking with an author who they’re studying in class, students gain a rare opportunity to see deeply into an author’s life of writing.”


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